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PostSubject: Author of Jurassic Park; Michael Crichton dies of cancer   Wed 05 Nov 2008, 6:59 pm

NEW YORK Michael Crichton, the million-selling author of such historic and prehistoric science thrillers as "Jurassic Park," "Timeline" and "The Andromeda Strain," has died of cancer, his family said.

AP In this Dec. 7, 2004 file photo, author
Michael Crichton poses at The Peninsula Hotel
in New York. Crichton

He died Tuesday in Los Angeles at
age 66 after a long battle with the illness.

Crichton was a brand-name author, known
for his stories of disaster and systematic
breakdown, such as the rampant microbe
of "The Andromeda Strain" or dinosaurs
running amok in "Jurassic Park," one of his
many books that became major Hollywood
movies.

"Through his books, Michael Crichton served
as an inspiration to students of all ages,
challenged scientists in many fields, and
illuminated the mysteries of the world in a
way we could all understand," his family
said in a statement.

The 6-foot-9-inch author was also a
screenwriter and filmmaker, earning
producing and writing credits for the
film versions of many of his titles. He
also created the TV hospital series
"ER" in 1994.

In recent years, he was the rare writer
to get on well with President Bush,
perhaps because of his skepticism about
global warming, which Crichton addressed
in the 2004 novel, "State of Favor."
Crichton's views were strongly condemned
by environmentalists, who alleged that the
author was hurting efforts to pass legislation
to reduce emissions of carbon dioxide.

A new novel by Crichton had been tentatively scheduled to come next month, but publisher HarperCollins said the book was postponed indefinitely because of his illness.

"While the world knew him as a great storyteller that challenged our preconceived notions about the world around us and entertained us all while doing so his wife Sherri, daughter Taylor, family and friends knew Michael Crichton as a devoted husband, loving father and generous friend who inspired each of us to strive to see the wonders of our world through new eyes," his family said.

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